This module aims to develop the students' detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the concept of occupational stress, highlighting the legal responsibilities that employers have to protect employees from the adverse effects of pressure at work and in using critically the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) management standards approach to risk assessment.
This module can be studied as part of the University Advanced Diploma (UAD) Occupational Health or the top-up degree BSc (Hons) Practice Development.
You will be introduced to the different definitions of stress and theoretical models that underpin research in this area. The HSE Management Standards approach to risk assessment, and underpinning evidence, will be used to explore the risk assessment and management of workplace stress.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Show a detailed systematic knowledge and critical understanding of the different definitions used to describe stress, and the theoretical models used to underpin knowledge in this area.
- Show a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the HSE Management Standards approach to tackling stress in the workplace, recognising the limitations of current knowledge in this area.
- Demonstrate the application of the principles of the Health and Safety Executive Management Standards approach to risk assessment in an appropriate manner, in a complex workplace environment.
- Evaluate the use of the HSE Management Standards approach, illustrating where gaps in current knowledge exist and suggesting ways in which further research or evaluation might fill those gaps.
Indicative core bibliography
- Cooper, CL, Dewe, P. O'Driscoll, M. (2001) Organisational Stress. London. Sage Publications.
- HSE (2007) Managing The Causes of Work Related Stress HS(G) 218 HSE Books. Sudbury.
- Kloss, D. (2010) Occupational Health Law 5th edition.London: Wiley-Blackwell
- National Institute of Clinical Excellence (2008) Promoting Mental well-being at work: synopsis of the evidence
- Thornbory, G. (2008) Occupational Health : Making the Business Case - special report. Workplace Law Publishing. Cambridge. E-resource.
- Williams S & Cooper L (2002) Managing Workplace Stress: A Best Practice Blueprint. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
- Health and Safety Executive. www.hse.gov.uk
- Health Protection Agency www.hpa.org.uk
- Department of Health www.dh.gov.uk
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
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